What is Black?

Ibi Zoboi and Leah Henderson

Episode Summary

Ibi Zoboi (@ibizoboi) and Leah Henderson (@LeahsMark) discuss BLACK ENOUGH. BLACK ENOUGH is a collection of stories about what it's like to be young and black in America. In this episode, we'll speak with Ibi Ziboi and Leah Henderson talk about their experiences growing up a Black teens in the United States, how they used their experiences to write their stories for the collection and how race, culture and identity intersect to influence what it's like to be young and black.

Episode Notes

Ibi Zoboi (@ibizoboi) and Leah Henderson (@LeahsMark) discuss BLACK ENOUGH. BLACK ENOUGH is a collection of stories about what it's like to be young and black in America.

In this episode, we'll speak with Ibi Ziboi and Leah Henderson talk about their experiences growing up a Black teens in the United States, how they used their experiences to write their stories for the collection and how race, culture and identity intersect to influence what it's like to be young and black.

Bios:
Ibi Zoboi holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and The Rumpus, among others. Her debut novel, AMERICAN STREET, was published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers was a finalist for the National Book Award and has received five starred reviews. Under the same imprint, her latest YA novel, PRIDE, was released this Fall, and, BLACK ENOUGH, a collection of stories about what it’s like to be young and black in America, will debut in January of 2019. Her middle grade debut, MY LIFE AS AN ICE-CREAM
SANDWICH is forthcoming from Dutton/Penguin Books.

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, and their three young children.

You can find her online at www.ibizoboi.net.

Leah Henderson is a mentor, avid traveler, and a believer in all readers seeing their possibilities. Her volunteer work has roots in Mali, West Africa and her middle grade novel One Shadow on the Wall, is an Africana Children’s Book Award notable and a Bank Street Best Book. Her work appears in the YA anthology Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America and she has a few picture books and another middle grade novel on the horizon for 2020. She holds a Master’s degree in Writing and is on faculty in the Spalding University MFA program. Leah calls Washington, D.C. home.

You can find her on Twitter @LeahsMark or at her website: leahhendersonbooks.com.